Respiratory Syncytial Virus and Antigen (View in report form.)
CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC:
RSV ANTIGEN DETECTION
The test includes a direct screening test for RSV antigen.
Daily; RSV Ag performed during respiratory viral season
Viral transport medium
Introduce 3-7 cc sterile saline into the patient''''s posterior nasal cavity and immediately aspirate the fluid via vacuum suction and Leuken''''s trap. Specimens must then be placed into the viral transport medium (available from the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory).
Nasopharyngeal washes and secretions
Inappropriate specimen container, specimen NOT submitted in viral transport medium, specimen NOT refrigerated during transport, excessive delay in transport.
Specimen should be transported as soon as possible. When transportation is delayed, refrigerate. Keep specimen cold and moist. Do NOT freeze specimen.
No RSV antigen detected
LIMITATIONS OF TEST:
Respiratory syncytial virus is extremely labile.
Direct antigen detection: chromatographic immunoassay